As The Ringmaster takes his last breath he breathes life back into The Forgotten Circus.
In 2008 Shelly became Artist In Residence at Circus Space the premier centre for circus arts in London. During her residency she worked with the Circus Space performers to devise a work for the screen. Gerard Bell, a regular in Shelly’s films plays The Ringmaster. The result is a visually sumptuous poetic feast where forms melt into the world of The Forgotten Circus.
Jamie McDermott and The Irrepressibles composed and performed the soundtrack, which includes their hit - ‘In This Shirt’.
“… The Forgotten Circus is one of the most stunning, beautifully compelling films I have ever seen. The juxtaposition of whimsy with brevity is thought consuming and inspiring. Apocalypse as performance. It resonated in notions of war, breath, humanity and hysteria. The idea that an aesthetic of silent film could be turned on its end to create something that is wholly contemporary is amazing. The colors and use of light is beyond compare. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and recesses of my mind..”- John Moletress Director of ‘Factory 449’. Washington D.C.
“.. I cannot refrain from writing to you to thank for this incredibly touching and unexpectedly sincere film you have created …for me it was a truly amazing experience…” - Aloha Filkov, Moscow, Russia
“… I had to let you know how entranced I am by your work 'The Forgotten Circus'. I can't tell you how beautiful I find it…. I'm sure you're on the cusp of being more widely known and it will be truly deserved. ..” – Stephen Price - South Wales
“..I just stumbled across your film, The Forgotten Circus.... It moved me deeply and profoundly in an inexplicable way….I just felt the need to express appreciation for the breath-taking beauty in the choreography and thought-provoking emotion of the performance captured on film and music....I really wish I could put into words what made the film so brilliant. The moments of what can only be described as chaotic stillness were almost transcendent. Just wow. I am rarely at a loss for words...” – Kirsten Hunter
“..Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!!!!!! So uniquely creative and hauntingly beautiful! ...” - Dora Villanueva